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A hearing aid may make it easier to be able to hear those around you again.
The World Health Organization estimates that by 2050 more than 900 million people will have disabling hearing loss. And a 2018 study of children between the ages of nine to 11 found that 14 percent already had signs of hearing loss. While results are inconclusive, early hearing loss could be linked to the growing popularity in portable music players. So, how do you know when your hearing is in jeopardy and warrants a trip to see our Austin, TX, audiologists Dr. Paige Peterson and Dr. Taryn Shelton to learn about hearing loss and hearing aids?
Here are some common warning signs of hearing loss:
- Feeling as if people are often mumbling around you
- Asking people to repeat themselves often
- Having to turn the TV or radio up in order to hear it
- People complaining that your headphones are too loud
- Not hearing your phone ring
- Having trouble understanding people on the phone
- Needing to look at lips to understand what people are saying
- Difficulty understanding people in loud, noisy environments
- Feeling left out of conversations or having trouble following what people are saying
- Avoiding social occasions and events
While children will continue to get regular hearing screenings every year from around age 4 to 10, it’s important that if you are concerned about changes in your child’s hearing that you schedule an evaluation.
If you are an adult who is dealing with some of the issues above then it’s time to schedule a hearing screening in Austin, TX, with one of our audiologists. The sooner you are treated for hearing loss the better.
If I have hearing loss will I need a hearing aid?
One of the most common ways to treat hearing loss is by wearing a hearing aid. This is usually recommended in patients who are dealing with varying degrees of hearing loss, from mild to profound. An audiologist will be able to tell you whether you could benefit from wearing a hearing aid, whether you may need hearing aids for both ears and which kind of hearing aid is right for you.
A hearing aid may not be able to restore your hearing but it will be able to make it easier to hear those around you to greatly improve your social and personal life.
If you or a loved one is suffering from some degree of hearing loss it is important to undergo a hearing evaluation as soon as possible so that we can provide the proper treatment. Call Hearing & Balance Center of Austin to ask any questions about hearing loss or hearing aids today.
Since it happens slowly over a long period of time, you may not realize you have hearing loss until it has progressed to an advanced state. Luckily, your audiologist can help you fully understand your options for hearing aids, how hearing loss can affect your daily life, and how you can overcome this diagnosis and take back your life. Find out more about your hearing aid options with Dr. Paige Peterson and Dr. Taryn Shelton at Hearing & Balance Center of Austin in Austin, TX.
Do I need a hearing aid?
There are some subtle yet common ways to tell if you are suffering from hearing loss. If you feel as though those around you mumble or if your housemates often tell you the TV or radio is very loud but you feel as though it is at a normal level, you may have hearing loss. Having difficulty hearing others, especially in a crowded place like a restaurant, or struggling to understand the other end of a phone conversation can also indicate hearing loss. If you begin to notice these instances occurring frequently, you should consult with your doctor to talk about your hearing aid options.
Hearing Aid Options in Austin, TX
- Behind-the-Ear: BTE hearing aids fit inside the ear and wrap up and around the backside of the outer ear. These common hearing aids are affordable and readily available.
- In-the-Ear: ITE hearing aids have smaller components, allowing them to fit into the ear without wrapping up the back of the ear. These aids are smaller and more compact, making them less noticeable at first glance.
- In-the-Canal: ITC hearing aids rest in the ear canal itself, almost completely out of sight to others and unnoticeable to those around you.
- Completely-in-Canal: CIC hearing aids fit completely in the canal with no visible parts on the outside of the ear.
If you think you can benefit from a hearing aid, your doctor can help you determine the best style and fit for you. For more information on hearing aids or your options, please contact Audiologists Dr. Paige Peterson and Dr. Taryn Shelton at Hearing and Balance Center of Austin in Austin, TX. Call 512-258-2300 to schedule your appointment with your audiologist today!